Labor Day Message From General President Kelly

September 6 • 2021

As most of the United States pauses today to celebrate and remember the contributions of American workers, many of our brothers and sisters at the IAFF continue their life-saving work as we confront the dangers of our job. As we deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and extreme weather from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic, I want us all to recognize the work done by our IAFF affiliates as they work around the clock to save lives and property and help those communities affected as they return to some sense of normalcy. And we can all be proud of our brothers and sisters on the West Coast battling this season’s wildfires with dedication and commitment to duty.

These are the fire fighters, paramedics and EMS professionals who I will be thinking about today. I’m thinking of the members of Elizabeth, NJ Local 2040 whose firehouse was destroyed by last week’s storm. I’m also thinking of my two brothers who clung to an iron grate to prevent being washed away, while others sprang into action to save their lives. I’ll be celebrating that. The hundreds of locals in California, led by CAL FIRE Local 2881, that have been stretched to the limit in taking on the wildfires — we will be thinking of them this Labor Day. And to our brothers and sisters in the Louisiana cities of Hammond, Houma and St. John the Baptist Parish who continue their life-saving work, my heart is there on this holiday.

And will also be in Manhattan as we reflect later this week on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and on the sacrifices our members make every day.

Every significant advancement in our nation’s history has been accomplished by workers. Current times are no different. As we continue to overcome today’s challenges, please know that this IAFF is with you every step of the way. Our work to improve the lives and safety of our members and their families is my mission today — and every day. God bless you and God bless the IAFF.

Watch my Labor Day video message.

Be You, Be Strong, Be Firefighters!

Edward A.Kelly
General President